Allison Hansen Lab

Hansen Lab Research

                                                                                                                                                Insect microbiome                            

Broad research questions addressed:

1) Does the insect's microbiome influence the
 insectís extended phenotype

If so, do these microbes contribute to important ecological
 and evolutionary roles for the insect host?
2) Which microbe and/or insect molecular mechanisms
are important for determining the phenotype?

Current research interests in the Hansen lab:

I. Genomics and evolution of integrated insect-microbe metabolisms


II. Gene regulation in small bacterial symbiont genomes


III. Symbiont induced phenotypes that influence insect-plant or insect-natural enemy interactions




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